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Associate about to Be Let Go Unsure How to Handle Reason for Leaving in Interviews

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I am an associate and was recently told that I should start looking for a new position because, due to the economy, our practice is not busy enough. The partners told me they would help me find a new position, keep me on the firm's website, give me good references, and also suggested that I not tell potential new employers that I was asked to find a new position. Of note, I haven't had to sign any type of non-disclosure/severance agreement at this time. My question is this: When I go on interviews (I have a few coming up), do I have to volunteer that I was gently asked to leave, or should I only disclose this if asked? If they probe into my reasons for leaving, I will tell the truth, but I've gotten a lot of conflicting information as to whether I need to volunteer this information up front.
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